NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Boston|
(Wednesday, January 16th)
Final Score: New Orleans 90, Boston 78
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Al-Farouq Aminu amassed 18 points and nine
rebounds as the resurgent New Orleans Hornets stopped Boston's season-high win
streak with a 90-78 triumph over the Celtics at TD Garden.
Despite the absence of leading scorer Eric Gordon, held out with the team
playing on back-to-back nights after recently returning from knee surgery, the
Hornets notched their sixth win in seven games with balanced scoring and by
dominating the glass.
"We had so many guys that played tonight, and they made big time
contributions," said New Orleans coach Monty Williams. "Things that don't show
up on the stat sheet but things we recognize as a coaching staff."
Robin Lopez chipped in 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, Greivis Vasquez put
forth a 15-point, 11-rebound effort and Anthony Davis accumulated 10 points
and 10 boards to help New Orleans finish with a 48-33 rebounding advantage.
Boston came in having won six in a row -- its longest unbeaten run since a 14-
game stretch in 2010-11 -- but made just 4-of-18 attempts from 3-point range
and shot a miserable 37.5 percent (6-of-16) from the foul line.
"We didn't play well," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. "We let our guard
down, starting in practice yesterday. I didn't do anything about it. Kicking
myself about it."
Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 15 points, with Paul Pierce netting 12
along with 10 rebounds.
The game also marked the first head-to-head meeting between Rivers and his
son, Hornets rookie guard Austin Rivers. The younger Rivers scored eight
points on 3-of-6 shooting in 23 minutes off the bench
"It was strange. A strange dynamic," said Doc Rivers. "I didn't enjoy it. You
see your son run by you on the floor. That's just different."
The Hornets trailed by as many as 11 points early on, with the Celtics ripping
off an 11-2 tear to build a 21-10 lead at the 3-minute mark of the opening
quarter. Boston owned a seven-point advantage early in the second, before New
Orleans changed the momentum with a 16-3 burst over a four-plus minute
Ryan Anderson fed Jason Smith for a slam that put the Hornets up 33-32 with
6:43 left in the first half, and an Aminu dunk followed by a Vasquez 3-pointer
extended the margin to six shortly afterward.
Boston would chip away at the deficit and eventually went in front by a 43-41
score on Pierce's triple 28 seconds prior to the break. Anderson knocked down
a trey on the ensuing possession, however, to send the Hornets into the locker
room carrying a one-point edge.
New Orleans would stay in front the rest of the way, thanks in part to
outscoring the Celtics by an 11-2 count to begin the third quarter. Aminu
accounted for seven of those points, including a jumper and subsequent free
throw that made it a double-digit game at 55-45 just over four minutes into
Boston faced a deficit as large as 12 points during the period, but was able
to whittle it down to three with a 9-3 surge capped by Garnett's jumper to
start the fourth quarter that pulled the Celtics within 68-65.
The Celtics were down by four, 75-71, with six minutes to go, until New
Orleans erupted for 12 consecutive points to put the contest out of reach.
Vasquez scored five points during that pivotal sequence, which ended when
Anderson was fouled on a successful layup with 2:20 to go and hit the ensuing
bonus shot for an 87-71 Hornets' lead.
The Rivers vs. Rivers encounter was the fourth instance when an NBA head coach
opposed his son, with the most recent occurrence coming between then Los
Angeles Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy and Indiana's Mike Dunleavy Jr. in 2009
... Garnett has now scored 24,824 career points, moving him past Patrick Ewing
for 16th place on the NBA's all-time list ... New Orleans also finished with a
48-32 advantage in points in the paint ... Boston lost for only the second
time in eight games since guard Avery Bradley returned from a shoulder injury
... The Hornets have now taken four of the last five games in the series,
including two in a row at TD Garden.
01/17 00:52:06 ET